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PACE recognizes Dean Garfinkel at National Convention and Expo 2018

Dean Garfinkel recognized as Treasurer of the PACE Board of Directors

Dean Garfinkel, PACE National Board of Directors member, Treasurer and Executive Committee member, and other board members were recognized for their service during the PACE National Convention and Expo (ACX’18). The 2018 PACE National Board of Directors includes chair Lori Fentem (Synergy Solutions), Vice Chair Ken Sponsler (CompliancePoint), Secretary Mark Boehmer (Ameritas Group), Andy Balthaser (Alorica), James Danz (Wyndham Resorts), Sam Falletta (Incept Corp.), Stephen Ferber (Golden Gate BPO), Joe Galvin (Comcast), Christa Heibel (CH Consulting Group), Mandy Horton (Careington International Corporation), Bob Kobek (CustomerCount), Karl Koster (Noble Systems), Harvey Livingston (AT&T), Rob Marshall (VoiceTeam), John Nelson (Bank of America), Michael Thompson (TPG TeleManagement) and Michele Shuster, General Counsel, (Mac Murray & Shuster, LLP).

Dean has been on the PACE National Board for 15 years, serving for 4 years as Treasurer. Dean is a frequently-sought after thought leader on all telecom and compliance issues relevant to the call center and telemarketing industry. To reach Dean, email him at [email protected].

Use Local Caller ID Numbers in Fundraising Telemarketing

By Kelsey Olsen, Director of Enhanced Telecom Services

Local Caller ID with the word charity and people standing on it donating moneyCharities have used the power of the telephone as an effective channel to raise funds for many years. The phone is a powerful tool that gives charities a way to reach many potential donors. These calls can be made to previous donors or to those who have not previously supported the charity.

There are standard components to establishing a successful fundraising telemarketing campaign; including the

  • calling lists
  • scripting
  • rebuttals
  • training
  • data collection
  • and donation funds capture.

One simple yet important, and often overlooked step can be securing a Local Caller ID phone numbers to use for the Caller ID display on the outgoing phone call. Continue reading

How Caller ID Works

Dean Garfinkel, telecommunications industry expert, explains how Caller ID works

By Angela Garfinkel

Federal regulations require telemarketers to transmit accurate Caller ID information, including the caller’s name and telephone number. Using the name and telephone number of the seller on whose behalf the calls are made is also permitted.

But how does Caller ID really work? Caller ID is one of most frequently misunderstood aspects of telecommunications within the call center industry. When a call center has the correct understanding of how Caller ID numbers and names are displayed and what triggers the display, the call center can then harness the true power of Caller ID.

I recently interviewed Dean Garfinkel, President of Quality Voice & Data,  regarding how Caller ID works and some best practices for ensuring the phone number and name are properly displayed. Continue reading

Use a Local Caller ID Number to Increase Answer Rate

By Dean Garfinkel, President, Quality Voice & Data

Using Caller ID with name is critical to providing a transparent customer experience.

Here are four scenarios

Scenario #1

Your phone rings and it says “Out of Area” and does not display a phone number. You let it ring to your voicemail because you’re sure if it is a telemarketer and you don’t want to be bothered. Continue reading

QVD Launches Standalone Non-ATDS Telephone

Standalone Non-ATDS Telephone Ensures Compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

AURORA, NE – (September 13, 2016) – Quality Voice & Data, Inc. (QVD) has launched a standalone non-ATDS “Compliance Phone”.  The Compliance PhoneTM was designed to ensure compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules for placing calls to wireless phone numbers.  Specifically, sellers do not need prior express written consent (PEWC) to call their customers, former customers, or even prospects when using this phone device.  The Compliance Phone is being introduced to the mass market during the Professional Association for Customer Engagement TCPA Summit, September 18-20, 2016 at the W hotel in Washington DC. Continue reading

Tool to avoid being placed on the FCC telemarketing blacklist

Do you conduct outbound telemarketing?  Do you want to protect your organization against consumer complaints and potential government fines or penalties?   If yes, pay attention to this.

On October 21, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the implementation of a telemarketing blacklist.

The FCC started releasing data on all informal complaints it receives about unwanted robocalls and telemarketing calls. Upon releasing the data, the FCC has stated it “does not verify all of the facts alleged in these complaints”. Regardless, the FCC has elected to publish all the callers’ telephone numbers (Caller ID Numbers) with the full intent of creating a non-fact checked Telemarketers black list. Continue reading

TCPA FCC Declaratory Ruling

On Friday July 10th 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its anticipated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Declaratory Ruling. The FCC Declaratory Ruling, which became effective immediately upon release, was approved by a 3-2 vote during last month’s highly contentious public meeting.

As part of the Ruling, the FCC:

Compliance Meter-FCC Declaratory Ruling

  • Expanded the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) to include equipment with the potential ability to perform the functions of an ATDS;
  • Held that a caller violates the TCPA by making more than one call to a reassigned number unless the current subscriber or customary user of the phone consented to receive such calls;
  • Reiterated their prior rulings regarding what constitutes “prior express consent” for non-telemarketing calls;
  • Clarified that a person can revoke consent to receive calls in any reasonable manner and that businesses cannot limit the method or medium by which consent can be revoked;
  • Provided guidance regarding when certain types of application or service providers may be held liable for unlawful calls made by their customers;
  • Reiterated that text messages are considered calls under the TCPA;
  • Held that Internet-to-phone text messages are also covered by the TCPA;
  • Held that a one-time text message sent immediately after a consumer’s request for the text does not violate the TCPA;
  • Provided specific petitioners a waiver—both retroactively and for 89 days after the Ruling—for calls made pursuant to written consent obtained prior to October 16, 2013 (even if the disclosures mandated by the amended TCPA regulations were not given);
  • Provided a limited exemption for certain time-sensitive financial and healthcare calls; and
  • Clarified that telephone companies and VoIP providers can provide robocall blocking technologies to consumers.

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How to Create a Local Presence for Your Business

How to Create a Local Presence for Your Business When Making Outbound Telephone Calls

Map with pinpoints showing Local Presence can be created across mapBefore using Local Caller ID numbers to create a Local Presence, one should have a well-developed strategy. Without a strategy you may fool people to pick up the phone once or twice but this will become a short lived bump in answer rates, and probably won’t lead to many sales conversions. When you use Local Presence strategically, you will end up with both a lift in answer rate and more sales conversions. That’s what we really want.

In the old days of telemarketing we had an expression – “throw enough spaghetti against the wall and some of it will stick”. This won’t work anymore. Using Local Caller ID numbers to create a Local Presence by itself is just that same old – “Fool me once but not twice”. Continue reading

Quality Voice & Data | 2015 PACE Convention and Expo!

PACE Convention & Expo 2015 Creating an Effortless Customer Experience

Join the Quality Voice & Data team at the 2015 PACE Annual Convention and Expo that will be held April 19th – 22nd at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.  Come speak with Dean Garfinkel, President of Quality Voice & Data and learn about the exciting new products QVD has to offer!

PACE has assembled an impressive line-up of speakers for the Convention that coincides with their theme “Creating an Effortless Customer Experience”.  Executives and thought leaders – from companies like Zappos and CEB –  who are shaping and innovating the world of customer engagement will not only lead informative sessions, but will also be available in person throughout the convention.  PACE is the only association that brings this kind of leadership directly to you!

Visit www.paceassociation.com to view the Convention Brochure and see the complete line-up of sessions, speakers and networking opportunities as well as to register for the 2015 PACE Convention and Expo!

Are you going to the 2015 PACE Annual Convention and Expo? Call Kelsey at 516-656-5122 to let us know, we’d love to catch up with you!

Local Caller ID Increased Clients Answer Rate

The Story

The Problem

This is an actual client success story.  The client markets its services to consumers in the lower 48 states.  Outbound B to C telemarketing is the primary sales channel used by the organization.  The outbound telemarketing manager was challenged with decreasing outbound telemarketing answer rates, which was ultimately impacting contacts per hour and list penetration on their campaigns.

The company told Quality Voice & Data, “Of the various options that were on the table, we knew we needed to find a way to increase our outbound telemarketing call answer rate and sales.  Otherwise, the cost per sale for the telemarketing channel was going to be prohibitive”.  Quality Voice & Data’s Local Caller ID solution was selected for a test. Continue reading